Our policy platform is more than a vision,
it's a call to action

Learn more about our call for justice. I'm working alongside grassroots movements to create a school district that works for us all.

Our policy platform is more than a vision. It's a promise to the students, families, and staff of Culver City Unified School District — a commitment to address our hardest challenges. 

We can deliver on these commitments when every day people come together in the collective realization that all our actions, no matter how small or large, are powerful, worthwhile, and capable of lasting change.

As a community, we must come together to make this movement happen. This is not solely a campaign or an election day, but a larger movement - for educational, social, and racial justice within our school district.

We launched this campaign because, in the absence of anyone giving a clear voice on the moral issues of our time,
it is up to us to voice them.

We can do this,
together.


 

Equitable Education

Systemic inequity exists at all levels of education. As public education champions, equity must be at the center of our values and the glue that binds everything that we do. CCUSD has done exceptionally well at talking about meeting the needs of every student, but the work of making structural change remains largely unfinished. 
We will lead by:
  • Committing to rigorous course opportunities for every student. Every graduate should have complete access to any path of their choosing, including four-year university, two-year college, trade school, a gap year, and/or any other possibility.

  • Detracking English, Math, and Science courses and demanding high expectations for all learners.

  • Supporting students with disabilities for full inclusion into all educational spaces through increased training and staffing. 

  • Fully embracing a Black Student Achievement Plan that implements culturally responsive curriculum and instruction.

  • Incorporating LGBTQIA+ history and culture into our curriculum as early as elementary school.

 

Mental Health & Well-being

 
Students thrive in districts with policies and practices that result in mental well-being irrespective of an individual’s diagnosis or lack thereof. In order to realize our whole-child approach to meeting students' needs, we have to support student relationships with family, peers, and educators, as well as school climate.
We will lead by:
  • Interrupting the criminalization of students by reducing the number of on-campus security personnel and school resource officers (SROs) that perpetuate our school-to-prison pipeline.

  • Increasing the number of on-site counselors and hiring trauma-informed specialists that can support a culture of clear and explicitly stated behavioral expectations from both students and staff.

  • Reforming our district-wide approach to discipline and implementing restorative practices PK-12, such that suspension and expulsion disparities by race, native language, or ability are eliminated. 

  • Strengthening and growing partnerships with healthcare institutions and non-profit organizations that provide access to mental and behavioral health services through telehealth.

 
 

Support for Teachers & Staff

As classroom and site educators are committed to student-centered practices, school boards must address the burnout crisis by directing resources to the dual needs of professional support and social-emotional well-being for our teachers and staff. Intentional advocacy has to address the intersectionality of funding equity, recruiting and retaining staff, and student success.
We will lead by:
  • Establishing a structure for the recruitment, retention, and ongoing support of Black and Brown educators.

  • Increasing salaries and benefits to reach our goal of a livable compensation package while recognizing all classified staff and early education providers as professionals.

  • Investing in workforce housing for teachers and staff.

  • Providing robust access to mental health services, particularly for Black, Brown, and LGBTQIA+ educators taking on the burden of educating their colleagues and students about racism and intersectionality.

Environment & Sustainability

School districts are often overlooked when pushing for bold climate legislation. Given the impact and high carbon footprint our school districts have, CCUSD needs to adopt a justice-centered environmental sustainability plan that decarbonizes our schools while ensuring the transition centers on the most marginalized staff and students. As a school board, we have to ensure that our policies and practices align with the United Nations’ IPCC report, in particular by mitigating harm to those most disproportionately targeted as a result of toxins, plastic, and low-quality food.
We will lead by:
  • Implementing a district-wide Green New Deal, utilizing 100% renewable energy with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, and implementing zero-waste food standards through local sourcing, recycling, composting, and food recovery.

  • Integrating sustainability and environmental education into our PK-12 curriculum to inspire climate action.

  • Expanding college and career readiness in pathways toward high-paying green jobs of the future.

  • Funding and expanding a school gardens program that creates a closed-loop system where organic waste is incorporated into compost.

  • Reducing the environmental and social impact of staff being forced to accept long car communities in order to afford housing.

Transportation & Safe Routes to School

 
A fully functioning school district provides students, faculty, and staff with safe, reliable, affordable, and sustainable transportation to and from school. Safe Routes To School programming and coordination improve student focus and academic success while reducing traffic congestion and air pollution at and around our sites. School board members must expand school district mobility efforts while ensuring our practices are equitable and meet the needs of ALL students.
We will lead by:
  • Maintaining partnerships to provide free bus and metro tap cards to all students K-12 and expanding our fare-free program to include tap cards for faculty and staff.

  • Working with the city to fully fund and empower a Safe Routes To School coordinator.

  • Engaging our community to encourage and welcome increasing numbers into our Safe Routes program.

  • Creating more options for active transport including a district-wide walking school bus program, using public buses for field trips, and supporting walk/bike/bus to school days.

Improved School Facilities

 
Schools need modern and clean facilities to support the delivery of holistic education focused on developing our youth to reach their maximum potential. We have to put our money where our mouths are and fully commit to designing and rehabilitating our schools to create learning environments that are safe, comfortable, accessible, flexible, and learner-centered.
We will lead by:
  • Making sure our common spaces and bathrooms meet basic standards for health and hygiene that include functioning hydration stations, freely available menstrual products, and bathroom stall doors that lock.

  • Improving outdoor spaces that encourage outdoor learning programs.

  • Tapping into matching and new construction funds from the state to build new structures that will accommodate our planned population increase.

  • Meeting the demands of our full inclusion commitment by way of investments in wayfinding, soundproofing, and reduced noise to meet the needs of our students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. 

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